Thursday, September 30, 2010

If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say

Don't Say the President of United Motherfucking States is a Ferner:

I mostly ignore Rush, but I know the right wing and the Elefuggs in Congress kiss his golden boots, so when he says something this incendiary I get the RAGE! As an Asian-American male I know what this means. What pisses of the right wing so much about Obama is that he is NOT the "model minority." I know what Rush is trying to do here, it is always what he does. FEAR THE OTHER! Obama is a ferner because he has a view that is slightly to the left of center on somethings and that means he is also the second coming of Hitler and a hippy who wants socialism and an alien oooh and he is also a ferner being sent from an Africa tribe. So Obama is a Kenyan Muslim Manchurian President!

But the Tea Party, the Dittoheads, the Right Wing. Nope they aren't racist, they just care about our freedom.

I think Rush is not from this country. Want to know why I deduce that? Because he doesn't support our president. And not supporting our president during a time of war is treasonous. He also reeks of cigars, has poor taste in home decor and is in serious need of hair, maybe he can borrow some from Blago....Oh and all people who are bald happen to be Taliban members. I read this somewhere on teh internet and I hear they are based out of an uber secret hideout somewhere located near the bung hole of the South.

RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGEEE!!! I am not only taking my chair and throwing it out the eighth floor window of my rage headquarters; I am throwing middle fingers in the air and yelling "Yippiekayay Mother Ferner!"

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Ninja Thought

Gubbament doesn't work when those in teh gubbament don't work.

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Keeping it Simple

The tax code can be complicated, but the biggest misconception is that once you make over $250,000 the government taxes all of that income differently. Not true. This "whiteboard video" is how the White House can win the argument. A concise explanation of the detrimental policy of extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich. And yes they are rich. More of this please. (h/t Digby)

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Get Your Dunkin Thursday

Last night the lady and I said "safe travels" to a long time friend as he is making the big move to Hollywood. Four years ago I trekked from Northern Virginia in a Toyota Corolla packed to the brim. My goal was "Sweet Home Chicago." I went for one reason, to get out and try something new. Scooter was my co-pilot. We hit up Chicago, lived near Wrigley, partied like none other, laughed more than ever, had our differences at times, gamed it up; most importantly he introduced me to my lady. Overall our friendship has sustained through the ups and downs of our contrasting lives and I wish him nothing but the best. The most rewarding part about our journey, however has been that Chicago ultimately led to us finding our specific callings. For those of you who have access to the Playstation Network I recommend watching Season 2 of the Tester (my insider information tells me its a good one) and root for Scooter as loud as you can. As for me, I will be heading out to Hollywood in about two to three years, ready to high five a brotha!

Here are your highlights:

Zach Galifianakis Take a Dark Turn

That Grayson Ad everyone liked, actually not what it should have been

Belatedly, Obama remembers his organizing roots

RIP Tony Curtis & Greg Giraldo

This is fantastic news, when do they take us over Independence Day style? Habitable Planet For Realz

The only bipartisan accomplishment this year. Eye on China, House Votes for Greater Tariff Powers. Now this is actually a good move as many have stated. But will it become FEAR THE YELLOW PEOPLE? Or will it simply make a clear statement to China to be more ethical? You know what would also help if Congress had a bipartisan consensus to quit shipping jobs overseas and enact a second stimulus. Pretty sure that would help more than any of this...



Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Break from Boredom

I am pretty much the Walking Dead today. I drank a little too liberally last night, combine that with the meds and I am a zombie. Speaking of zombies, this opening fan credits sequence for the upcoming Walking Dead series is phenomenal (Daniel Kanemoto is brilliant!). If the opening is anything close to this beautiful artistry I will be glued to the teevee.

THE WALKING DEAD "Opening Titles" from Daniel Kanemoto on Vimeo.

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Ninja Thought

47 House Republicans Walk Into a Room and Go "Hey we're Democrats, No Really!"

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The Threat of Not Being Green

I don't nearly point this out enough. It's not easy being green. Just as poverty is an uphill battle the fight for effective climate change legislation is similarly daunting. The amount of corruption within the Big Oil companies and the support from sociopaths like suck navels named Newt Gingrich (and those in the GOP) makes communicating the real information to people difficult. This type of nonsense gets me fired up.

Climate Progress:

Whatever else you can say about Obama, he is no extremist, nor has he lacked for achievements. He has governed from a center-left position and has enacted a set of policies that have eluded progressives for decades.

Yes, despite pushing through a variety of clean energy and CO2-reducing strategies that make him the greenest president to date, he has utterly failed on his crucial campaign commitment of passing comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation. In part this is for lack of serious trying by his White House, but mostly because of the disinformation campaign pushed by Big Oil and corporate polluters and because the Republican Party has been captured by Big Oil, Big Polluters, and the Tea Party extremists, who themselves are backed by Big Oil , as discussed here.

The radicalization of the Republican Party is exemplified by the disgraced former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who back in 2007 was actually described as the “move to the pragmatic center on climate and energy,” by one NYT reporter. Now, he has become just another Tea Party extremist backed by dirty energy, as explained in this Think Progress crosspost, “TenMillionVoters.Com: Newt Launches Tea Party Campaign To Stop ‘Radical, Secular Socialist Machine’

You can read the entire post here.

Gingrich is one evil mother fugger taking money from the polluters of our planet and spreading their misinformation campaign. I wish someone could somehow counteract these pathological liars and climate change deniers with tactics of their own. Perhaps a instead of a "dead baby truck", we can do a "dead polar bears and oil covered animals gasping for air truck". We could maybe have the track "Earth Song" by Michael Jackson blasting outside these oil company offices John Cusack style. Or perhaps the best way is to call Climate Change a Muslim and rally the Gingrich's and Teabaggers against the evil Muslim named Carbon Emissions! I think I might be onto something...

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Holy Wednesday Batman! This week feels like it has been lasting forever. The FALL FUND DRIVE is probably gonna last for a couple of weeks. Don't feel obligated, but $5 to support Frank's family would be much appreciated. Last night's DL was fireworks filled...okay not really, but we had a smaller group so our conversations were rather focused and constructive. It always amazes me that the real debates in our country no longer include left and right, however within the left. Perhaps that is why there is an enthusiasm gap at this point for the Democratic Party, but as Obama stated yesterday it is no time to sit on our laurels. Progress won't exist the moment the Jim Demint's of the world light Congress on fire. (okay not literally, but you know I wouldn't put it past him). So chuck your desks! Raise a fist and gets pissed people, call bank, raise some dough and let's do this!

Here are your highlights:

Justice for Fong Lee

This should be red meat for the Democrats, GOP blocks jobs outsourcing bill

Europe protests against Austerity!

Umm Domino's wants to get in on the "we want to kill you food"

More insight from the Rolling Stone interview with Obama while Chait writes the dumbest post of his fuggin life "Obama is a meany". And Digby makes the point that needs to be made, too much is at stake.



Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ninja Thought

I hear Fox News needs another prodigal liar who gives neo-cons hard-ons.

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Obama the Point Maker

Obama recently was interviewed by Rolling Stone and he defends himself well against the teabaggers, Elefuggs, Blue Dogs, progressive outrage and firebaggers. He makes solid points throughout and doesn't come across condescending but confident. There seems to be a determined tone that his work is yet to be done. Now whether or not you agree with him is another thing (you can discuss in the comments of course), but this stood out to me:

What is true, and this is part of what can frustrate folks, is that over the past 20 months, we made a series of decisions that were focused on governance, and sometimes there was a conflict between governance and politics. So there were some areas where we could have picked a fight with Republicans that might have gotten our base feeling good, but would have resulted in us not getting legislation done.

I could have had a knock-down, drag-out fight on the public option that might have energized you and The Huffington Post, and we would not have health care legislation now. I could have taken certain positions on aspects of the financial regulatory bill, where we got 90 percent of what we set out to get, and I could have held out for that last 10 percent, and we wouldn't have a bill. You've got to make a set of decisions in terms of "What are we trying to do here? Are we trying to just keep everybody ginned up for the next election, or at some point do you try to win elections because you're actually trying to govern?" I made a decision early on in my presidency that if I had an opportunity to do things that would make a difference for years to come, I'm going to go ahead and take it.

I just made the announcement about Elizabeth Warren setting up our Consumer Finance Protection Bureau out in the Rose Garden, right before you came in. Here's an agency that has the potential to save consumers billions of dollars over the next 20 to 30 years — simple stuff like making sure that folks don't jack up your credit cards without you knowing about it, making sure that mortgage companies don't steer you to higher-rate mortgages because they're getting a kickback, making sure that payday loans aren't preying on poor people in ways that these folks don't understand. And you know what? That's what we say we stand for as progressives. If we can't take pleasure and satisfaction in concretely helping middle-class families and working-class families save money, get a college education, get health care — if that's not what we're about, then we shouldn't be in the business of politics. Then we're no better than the other side, because all we're thinking about is whether or not we're in power.

This is a man with a clear understanding of what legacy means. The choices he made throughout the processes of health care, financial reform and the stimulus were ones to effect not only the now, but future generations. He gets that. That is change, perhaps not the change some were sold, but it is certainly change I believe in.

With the upcoming election the importance of building on this legacy couldn't be more paramount. So, yeah perhaps Biden telling Democrats to stop whining isn't the spoon of sugar firebaggers want fed to them, but damnit get a grip. We have more to accomplish. Sitting on our laurels, letting Tea Party Candidates, WWE CEO's and Birthers wins seats across the nation can only set progress back.

We can settle the definition of "what is progressive" for a later date.

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Update: Steve Benen has more and man that rant by Obama is RAGETASTIC! (h/t Greenwalled)

Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

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When it rains it pours is what they say and it is true. The FALL FUND DRIVE button has been fixed (it was being buggy yesterday), so if you can...please donate. I found out yesterday more bad news, long story short I will be now somehow providing for my sister's housing at her university. Again I understand times are rough all around, but any donation would be appreciated. I just want my sister to have the same opportunities I had. In the next couple of days, you may see some ads as well. I apologize if this forces you to have pop ups or "malware" warnings, but I have to explore some ways for additional income at this point. On the positive, I hope to be telling you all about a new project soon that I think will open up the world to all things Frank. I am looking forward to it. NOW LET'S RAGE!

Here are your highlights:

This 100 Year Old Photo is NOT Photoshopped

Oh this would be funny, if it wasn't true Obama indoctrinating through comic books!

Attention reporters: Income disparity just doesn't happen

I am not Catholic, but I know this...

If the GOP gets control of the House get ready for new age McCarthyism

Citizen Radio has gone Rogue!

I was listening to NPR this morning and they were interviewing a man who said he was voting Republican because of "the definition of insanity." Umm the Republicans pledge is the definition of insanity you fuggin idiot! I hate to say it, but America is really made up of many misinformed simpletons. They are manipulated by Reprogrammable Killbots....


Monday, September 27, 2010

Fall Fund Drive

Please Donate if you can or "The Terrorists Win"

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America the Huh?

Taegan Goddard's Political Wire with the "Polling Disconnect of the Day":

A new CNN poll finds a plurality of Americans believe Congressional Republicans have better solutions than Democrats to our economic mess, 47% to 41%.

However, Greg Sargent digs into the poll's internals and finds that more respondents blame those same Congressional Republicans for our current economic problems, 41% to 35%.

This says it all. Uhmerika the contradictory. When people say we are a "Center Right Nation" I am not sure the nation actually even knows what that means. I mean wtf is up with this polling? The Republican policies are to blame for our economic downfall everyone gets that, but those same people think the Republicans can fix it...(how bad has the Dems messaging been jeebus).

That's like saying "Well you messed it up, we trust you to reverse your mistakes." If those polled were paying any attention they would recognize the Republicans plan, make that pledge, is do keep on messing everything up. So perhaps there is no disconnect, the country really is hell bent on destroying itself! Hooray!

I get it now! Let's just ruin the nation and start over from scratch, I mean that works so well for other nations right? We could start by making everything private. Super private industry, schools, transportation, health services, the internet, urinals, parks, zoos, breathing, and why not? I mean it makes perfect sense. All we would have left after the bodies disperse is the very important serious people. People like Dick Cheney. Running about, shooting friends in the face because who needs law enforcement when you have the money and automatic machine guns? Man this sounds awesome. Our country is genius. Oh and no sex because sex makes the devil come through the teevee box waves. Uhmerika we can do this, just show up and vote GOP in November!

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Ninja Thought

What's the definition of insanity?

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Get Your Dunkin Monday

It was a roller coaster of a weekend. The wedding went rather well despite a few hitches and by the end of the night we all joined in booze, dance and celebration (luckily they kept the cliches song to a minimum). The Redskins looked horrible not even arriving for the second half against the Rams. The mother f-in Rams! So it is back to being my normal Redskins self; zero expectations. My Sunday night didn't go too well and this is when I have to be honest with you all. As some of you might remember my family has fallen on hard times like many across the nation. I have been lucky enough to remain employed, however my father's job is on the brink. Last night I received more unwelcome news. So starting today I will be placing a "Donate" button at the bottom of every post for a couple of weeks. Call it a "Fall Fund Drive". This blog has been my labor of love for almost two years now and I appreciate everyone who visits regardless of politics. $5 donation is plenty, I understand times are rough for many, so if you can't contribute please don't feel sorry for me or my family. We have seen harder times and will persevere. Thank you for stopping by.

Here are your highlights:

Congress prepares to end with a whimper

A debate about Education and Unions, Grading "Waiting for Superman" (h/t O Willis)

Structure of Excuses

The unfair nonsense of airlines No Baggage, No Refund

Remedy for Foreclosure Divided

Seriously dudes, Robot Apocalypse = Not Cool

The media has been drumming the "Dems in Disarray" line for quite some time. THEY ARE DAMNIT! DEMS. IN. DISARRAY!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Redskins v. Rams

Heading to Maeve on Wrightwood around 2:30 or so. Let's hope the running game establishes itself today. Hail to the Redskins!


: Back to being a Redskins fan of old. FML. Today ended up being a shitty fucking day. Personally as well.

The Sad State of Congress

They don't get satire.

Huff Post:

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md) was neither humored nor pleased with Stephen Colbert's recent testimony before the House Judiciary committee's subcommittee on immigration, calling it an embarrassment for the Comedy Central host.

"I think his testimony was not appropriate," said Hoyer, during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday." "I think it was an embarrassment for Mr. Colbert more than the House."

"You asked me, Chris [Wallace] whether the testimony was appropriate," he added. "I think it was not appropriate."

At least Nancy Pelosi gets it.

"He's an American, right?" said Pelosi. "He came before the committee. He has a point of view. He can bring attention to an important issue like immigration. I think it's great."

Colbert is a satirist and very good one at that. What he did in front of Congress was point out the absurdity of the Republicans and (some) the Democrats arguments. Sometimes the truth is hard to swallow especially when you are the butt of the joke. Hoyer not appreciating Colbert's style reflects more on his inability as a leader more than anything else.

I think Colbert's appearance before Congress was refreshing and he actually did make a point. He broke down the right's paranoid, fear the brown people rhetoric while pointing out the ineptitude of Democrats in Congress. He was brought in to disprove a common thread amongst the right wing: illegal immigrants are stealing jobs and are free-loaders. Immigrants legal or not are an intricate part of the farming industry in America. Colbert conveyed that which is no small feat and I applaud that.

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Forget It, Let God Sort Em' Out

Steve Benen:

Look, I'm glad Blue Dogs don't just want to cut taxes for the wealthy with more deficit financing, but their priorities don't make any sense. They want to cut spending (which improves the economy) in order to pay for breaks for the wealth (which doesn't improve the economy).

And not only does this fail as a policy matter, but Blue Dogs have managed to thread a political needle in a way that runs counter to public attitudes twice -- they're fighting for tax cuts for millionaires the public doesn't support, and they'll pay for it with cutting programs the public does support.

Kevin Drum asks
, "Are the Blue Dogs congenital morons?"

I'll assume that's a rhetorical question.

That's the inside-out-upside-down logic of the Blue Dog Democrats. I think it is safe to say at this point they should be called Wankstas. They don't really stand for anything, but the rich and corporations. It's just a group of Wankstas who get together, pat each other on the back and then do their best to screw over the American people. And despite what some write, I do think they are self-aware. They just don't give a shit about who or what they messup...hmm that reminds me of the opposition party. Maybe Wankstas is the wrong name for the Blue Dogs, perhaps we call them what they are; the Moderate Republicans. Yes, that sounds about right. Now where's God to sort out all these bodies? We cut funding to waste management...

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Foot Fall

It is fall in Chicago. Light jackets and light scarves. College football has been on all day. Last night's wedding went swimmingly, despite some early stress my lady pulled through for the bride with some wedding coordinator type stuff. The reception was at the Chicago Firehouse where we enjoyed a decent meal and $10 drinks...ouch. Luckily the after party had an open bar and we danced (well I limped) the night away. More festivities tonight. I am spent, but will stick it out.

Tomorrow is Redskins v. Rams if we blow that game I don't know what I'll do. Apologies for the sucky blogging, this, however is some b.s.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Wedding Time

Heading to the wedding. For some reason weddings remind me of my younger days and this song, not sure why that is...regardless enjoy the rest of your day!


Stephen Colbert Will Save the World One Day

Pure genius and yes it is satire.

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Get Your Dunkin Friday

Love is in the air! Today I will be off the grid as two friends of my lady's will be taking the plunge, getting hitched, making the biggest mistake of their lives...just kidding. We are happy for them and are looking forward to the festivities, weather permitting. I am kind of excited because for the first time in a long time I can fit in my old RL suits. I will be sporting a similar look to this for those of you wondering. So that means probably after 12pm I will be off the grid, but I encourage nothing but RAGE PEOPLE! P.S. Go Skins!

Here are your highlights:

Tea Party Candidates Benefit from Stimulus & Federal Spending

What is the real cost? Of Cheap meats

GE CEO Blast U.S. Energy Policy

IT'S THE DEVIL! Bartender does a Rainbow pour

VA executes first woman since 2005

One of the benefits of my new phone is that I have the option to download a ton of sweet applications. My favorite of late is the NPR app as it gives instant access to news (not always fair & balanced, but better than most), interesting programs and the World Cafe. On my train ride back home yesterday I was able to listen to Mumford & Sons on the World Cafe. It was ideal and I highly recommend it. Speaking of NPR how cool is it that not only do they keep up with the times, they are kind of...hip.


Thursday, September 23, 2010


They are back, YES.

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Ninja Thought

The American people like Balls

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Update: They aren't even Jamie Lee Curtis at this point...

The Pledge to Pffft

The sad part about this snarky post by TAPPED's Jamelle Bouie is that if you turned on Fox the "Mirror Universe" actually exists. Just over at RedState that universe is flipping out over the "GOP Pledge":

At a time when America needs a bold, simple, fresh plan for putting America on the path to fiscal and constitutional sanity - we get instead an almost 8000 word term paper of inside-the-beltway regurgitation that lacks the one thing the American people seem to be dying to have… actual leadership. Harsh? Hardly.

1. The Pledge fails to address the single greatest threat to our nation’s long term fiscal health - the fact that we have precisely $0 set aside for the more than $106 trillion in unfunded liabilities staring us in the face for social security, medicare and medicaid. Instead, we get more of the same political rhetoric about seniors standing to lose Medicare because of Obamacare. MEDICARE IS BANKRUPT. SOCIAL SECURITY IS BANKRUPT. FOR GOODNESS SAKE, MAN UP AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

There's more, but you get the gist.

BANKRUPT!! DO SOMETHING!!! CAPS LOCK!! THE WALLS ARE FALLING APART AROUND US!!! So as much as I enjoy the wit and the mocking of the ridiculousnessicity of teh "Pledge." The people the GOP are attempting to appease are far worse and are hell bent on restoring destroying America as we know it all in the name of FREEDOM!!!! The pledge and the pledge the Right really wants would both lead to disaster for our country. NOW I WILL USE TEH CAPS LOCK TO MOCK THEM EVEN MORE!!! DEFUND EDUCATION!!! PRIVATIZE URINAL CAKES!! ALL OF THE UNEMPLOYED ARE ZOMBIE ILLEGAL ALIENS!!!!

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Get Your Dunkin Thursday

All right so last night started the ball rolling for my latest project. I decided after making myself a sammich to head to the local overlord of technology and picked up a headset. "What pray tell may that be for Frank?" you ask. Well my fellow ragers I can tell you it won't be for late hours of W.O.W. while guzzling cans of Mountain Dew and sobbing over missed bonus points. NO! It is for the next piece in this great internet wonderment known as Frank Chow. I won't get ahead of myself too much, but I will say the headset allows me to talk and talk often. That's all I will be saying...if you haven't figure it out yet...make like Christine O'Donnel and come on! It is rather exciting and of course I will inform you once it comes to fruition, but rage is on its way. In other news tomorrow I will be attending a wedding of a friend of my lady's, so expect sucky blogging to ensue...not much different than the daily banter, right?

Here are your highlights:

Change we can believe in. The Affordable Healthcare Act beings today.

We are still at war. Dissent grows in Afghanistan

Weezer will play it's non-shitty stuff a couple of nights

Dems in disarray! Castle considering write-in for Delaware Senate race

FanVision, I am hoping the Skins sent me one as I requested one damnit!

The GOP has unveiled its "Pledge to America" it is the same policies as ever before. The pledge is tied to big business and fails to offer serious proposals to govern America in an effective way. The GOP essentially doesn't propose any new any ideas just the same bad ones.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Walking Dead Poster

Straight from the pages and a thing of beauty. I am planning on sitting at home, turning off all the lights, lighting a candle and drinking some gin for each episode. It premieres 9pm Central, October 31st on AMC.


Now You Are Getting It

Sullivan is almost there:

"The Democrats have been against 'don't ask don't tell' for more than a decade. Why we allowed this law to remain in effect for another two years is beyond me," - a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, whom the WaPo, for no apparent reason, gave anonymity.

The answer is not that compex: Rahm Emanuel, Joe Solmonese, head of the Human Rights Campaign, and Barack Obama. If the Dems do not pass this in a lame duck session, or if Obama does not execute a stop-loss order to suspend the ban under his executive authority, we simply have to stop throwing money down the HRC drain, withhold all financial contributions to the DNC, and
go back to the streets.

You should have never left the streets. Although I am against the idea of refusing to fund what may be your only ally on the Hill, I am all for activism. This has been my complaint with the LGBT community from the start. Politicians aren't the path to equality, YOU are and by YOU I mean the community's desire to will change in America.

Equal rights for any minority in this country has never come from the House or the Senate. It has come from unrelenting, uncompromising and undeniable activism. Get it done by making everyone care and quit waiting for the pen stroke of a politician.

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Give Me Something to Believe In

Krugman links to the above poll and states:

Democrats could yet hold both houses of Congress, if they give voters reasons to believe that they stand for something. If they lose, the fault lies not in their stars, but in themselves.

And this speaks to a greater point that Jonathan Chait taps:

...there's a lot of reason to think some voters have some general desire to vote Republican but plan to vote for the specific Democrat in their district.

This makes a lot of sense given the differing nominating strategies the two parties have pursued. Democrats are obsessed with finding candidates who fit their districts, often recruiting anti-abortion, pro-gun candidates for rural districts. Republicans are increasingly nominating extremely conservative candidates everywhere, following the rising tide of tactical radicalism in the GOP.

It's quite natural, then, that there would be a lot of voters who like Republicans but find their Democrat candidate acceptable, or their Republican candidate unacceptable. In general, the importance of having a candidate who ideologically matches the views of the median voter is wildly overrated. But it's not worth nothing, and this could be a case where the Democrats' fealty to the old belief in representing the center pays dividends around the margin.

Many times in sports you hear post-game interviews where players reflect that "it wasn't so much them, it was us, we killed ourselves." This mid-term election, if it ends as many have predicted with the Democrats ceding the House, will be the fault of the Democratic Party more than anything. People were desperate for change after the eight years Bush had wrought. The Democrats have made small strides in various aspects of our government and society, however it has yet to be the visible tide many expected.

In any case, I am not one to ogle polls or obsess over marginal swings in either direction, but this is the most promising one I have seen of late. The election might be teetering back and forth more than we thought. If only the Democrats would find a strategy that sticks...

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Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

Half way through the week and I am beginning to walk a bit better. I am not sure, however if it is the prescriptions the doctor gave me or of my own volition. Regardless I will still be rendered useless at this weekend's wedding, sorry ladies, no MJ impression or Usher like moves from Frank. I am sitting and sipping all weekend. So it seems the theme this week around the news cycle is that the Dems are to blame for constant GOP obstruction. The latest move of anti-democracy being the block of the motion to debate the military appropriations bill that included the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. Good to know the GOP still hates teh gay so much they won't fund the pew pew. Till the election we will now be bombarded with "Obama didn't use the bully pulpit","Democrats are spineless", "Republicans surge to protect America from socialism!" And other assorted misconstrued nonsense, but one thing I would have liked to have seen... Lady Gaga doing an impromptu fuggin concert on the steps of Capitol Hill in protest. That would made the Salahis look like the amateurs they are and maybe restored hope in this foolish political landscape.

Here are your highlights:

Larry Summers don't let the door hit you on the way out!

Bigots and proud of it

Dear Fox News - This is what inviting attack on America sounds like

Another reason to get an Ipad

This November the right wing is working on "Voter Caging" - sounds familiar asking Jeb Bush about Florida...

The GOP's Culture of Corruption. Something reeks in the Republican Party and it is the dirty money ways of old. Follow the cash is what they say.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Ninja Thought

Get mad at the Right people

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From a Guy Who Knows a Thing or Two

Bill Clinton on what the country and the White House can expect from a Republican controlled Congress.

Political Wire:

He also said that Americans have to realize that by not voting, "there's an 80% chance you'll get what you don't want."

One thing he believes voters don't want is Republican-led congressional investigations. If Republicans take control of the House, he warned they are prepared to "reward" President Obama for not investigating Bush administration abuses with "two years of unrelenting investigations."

In the right wing world it works like this: shutting down the government, that you mishandled the last time you were in charge, is fighting for freedom. The Constitution clearly states that only Republicans can ignore and circumvent the Constitution willfully. Democrats on the other hand...

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Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

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We're all on drugs. Well at least I am. Last night was splendid as I popped my "happy pills" and masked my pain away. The lady and I (well really just me she was on her computer working, who does that?) watched the season premiers of Chuck and Castle, both were satisfying. There is something relaxing about fall weather and fall television. I enjoy having the routine of seeing my favorite characters, their witty banter and escaping from the headache that is most Monday's at the office. You know what I mean? And yes I know that makes me a slave to consumerism or some other non-progressive anecdote, but my father is employed by a major network, so I gotta keep the lights on! That's my justification and I am sticking to it!

Here are your highlights:

Senate showdown on DADT. Want to know extremism? Watch this debate of hate.

Son of a....Twitter hacked, this exact thing happened to me this morning.

Do the wacky things candidate say matter? No, voters are just as wacky

Uh-oh trouble for Jesse Jackson Jr.

Rich "Small Business" People = Rich

Simon Johnson: Elizabeth Warren: The Right Appointment At The Right Time. Funny that it would ever be controversial to appoint a woman interested in protecting consumers. Uhmerika!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Doctor Revisited

Just got back from the doctor. I waited over an hour to see the Medicine Man, no I am not kidding he looks like the Medicine Man, and I walked out with prescriptions for some heavy stuff. Two of which are simply to mask the pain and discomfort, the other to offer minor relief during the day. He stated that when it comes to my particular back injury all signs point to "take pills and wait it out."

He also said something similar to this:

A bursa is a thin sac of tissue that contains fluid to lubricate the area and reduce friction. The bursa is a normal structure. The body will even produce a bursa in response to friction.

Think of a bursa like this. If you press your hands together and slide them against one another, you produce some friction. In fact, when your hands are cold you may rub them together briskly to create heat from the friction. Now imagine that you hold in your hands a small plastic sack that contains a few drops of salad oil. This sack would let your hands glide freely against each other without a lot of friction.

Followed by "yours is damaged!"

It is always nice to have a doctor not b.s. with you and luckily my doctor tells it like it is. I have to basically rest, attempt to walk as normal as possible and if after a week I still do not feel vast improvement I should begin physical therapy. The ironic part, of course, was that I was doing the best thing possible for my back by working my core, however that is how inevitably I was hurt. I wish there was a nifty metaphor I could insert here to tie this post together with our current politic landscape, but I am at a loss. Thems the bursa sacs ya'll!

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Ninja Thought

It will be your own damn fault.

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Why We Love Clinton Portis

For all his quips, comments and headaches. Through and through Clinton Portis is a Redskin. This is how Redskins from past and present play the game, it's a thing of beauty. As Mike Prada of SB Nation says, "Anyone want to name any other running backs who ever do something like this? I'm still waiting." Me too.

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Get Your Dunkin Monday

Wow. What a game. Not the type of game I expected. Not the type of ending I wanted, although I saw I hate to say I saw it coming. Leaving the Texans within 20 points with of any team is dangerous. Point in case. The Skins came out tough and offensively minded we had a great deal of success, however we had the same problem last touchdowns. Those early dominate drives that resulted only in field goals now look to be the killer in our overtime loss. Still I had a great time with my lady and old friends in the Redskins bar. FightforOldDC is a great gathering and I am ecstatic I found it. Today is an odd day. I am heading to the doctor to get my back checked out. I feel a bit better today, perhaps I just need to be excited about football to cure my ailing back...

Here are your highlights:

Joe Miller hates the unemployed, calls their benefits "unconstitutional"

Boxing Round- Up: Doug's Massive Monday Mailbag

The Changing Economics of TV Reruns

Mike Pence is stupider than stupid

The Rahm Run is almost no longer speculation

The bloody truth about the extreme rhetoric from the Republican Party. David Neiwert describes how it has seeped its way into the party of the years through an unrelenting media influence. Now it is front and center. The language is clear as crystal. This is no longer about party politics, if elected some of these extremists won't stop until they have wrecked the foundation of America all in the name of freedom. Voting in an off year election couldn't be more important.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

New O'Donnell Logo

Seems mighty suggestive to me. I can't put my hand on it, but I think she might be trying to come up with a new campaign message.

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Not Helping

Firebaggers overreacting to hippie punching:

"When a boot-licking black Republican like Armstrong Williams has to defend President Obama against attacks from Jane Hamsher and Cenk Uygar, you know the Professional Left has gone completely batshit."

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Redskins Sunday and Ouch

Woke up today and had my lady look at my back. She took one look and noticed my spine is crooked. I knew my hips had shifted, but the spine thing is a new revelation. I guess it makes sense. I visit the doctor tomorrow and hopefully a physical therapist after that. I am lucky enough to have a couple of friends who are pt's and their advice so far has been sound. The worst part of all of this, I walk around like a gimp. My back spasms randomly especially while sitting and I have yet to relax comfortably since Wednesday. On Friday we are attending a wedding, boy is that gonna be a sight...

In other news it is Redskins Sunday! I am headed to Maeve to hang with the FightforOldDC crowd. I am hoping the Redskins hippie punch the Texans. Since that is all the rage these days. Hail to the Redskins!

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Saturday, September 18, 2010


God bestowed rights to human beings:

Except for the ones we find icky:

This is the modern GOP, nothing fringe here, Mitt Romney and Christine O'Donnell were contributors to the ignorance at the "Values Voters Summit" as well. They find no contradiction in any of their arguments. God help us all if they ever regain control. (h/t Right Wing Watch)

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Friday, September 17, 2010


Finally upgraded my cell phone. I will now be preoccupied for the rest of the day figuring out how utilize its many features. Honestly, I am a little torn. I love my new toy, but am sad to have succumbed to the touch screen/smartphone overlords. Oh well, we all have our vices, mine happens to be technology. Enjoy your Friday!


What Does the "D" Even Mean?

New logo same old headaches with the Democratic party.

Josh Marshall rants and rages on how there is just too much stupid to combat:

If the Democrats do this right they can do at least two and possibly four of the following: 1) get a good issue to take into the mid-terms, 2) sow divisions among Republicans between ones who want to duck a tough vote and those who want to hold out on principle, 3) get good policy that will help fight the recession and 4) make it vastly more difficult for the Republicans to push through extensions of the tax cuts. The first two are basically a lock. The second two depend on whether they're able to get the bill through the Senate.

It's one thing if you can't take the hard votes. But if you can't even take the easy votes, what's the point?

Read the rest. It's a Head.Slam.On.Desk.

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Ninja Thought

You are only allowed to edit our footage for Republican favor

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Get Your Dunkin Friday

It's Friday! And I am incapacitated! Yup, it's true. I tweaked my back last week while doing my workout and thought on Wednesday that things were better. So my genius of a self decided to do a "light" workout. FAIL. I pulled up limp as the pain in my back only worsened. Hooray! This morning I woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head and was writhing about in pain. Looked in the mirror and noticed my hips are at an angle. That's right. I am lopsided. Apparently the pulled muscle in my back has rendered me a hunchback. It is no fun. This weekend is Voter Registration at the park. As much as I loathe the White Sox...someone has to get the Cell to vote with a race this close in Illinois for Senate, every single one counts. I will limp to victory!

Here are your highlights:

Elizabeth Warren: Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. - Holy long title Batman!

Do we need more condos and apartments? Chicago steelworks to get makeover

DNC Logo. As a, sometime designer, it leaves me wanting a shot at it. Perhaps I will this weekend...

I empathize with the "Mostly Chinese"

Joaquin Phoenix's rap career was a hoax (durr). Now go back to playing creepy characters better than anyone in the biz

Big test this weekend for the Redskins. Chris Cooley is optimistic for the offense, as long as they can keep McNabb safe. We will be at Maeve on Wrightwood, hope to see the Fight for Old DC crowd!


P.S. Special Thanks to C & L

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Just To Clarify We Don't Believe What We Believe

Mitch McConnell's Spokesman clears up that Mitch McConnell didn't mean to say what he meant to say...or something.


In a floor speech earlier this week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke out against letting top-bracket tax cuts expire. "We can't let the people who've been hit the hardest by this recession, and who need to create the jobs that will get us out of it, foot the bill for the Democrats' two-year adventure in expanded government," he said.

And the Spokesman had to say...

McConnell "doesn't believe the richest people in American have had the hardest time in this recession," Stewart says.

Stewart went on: "He does believe that small businesses, their employees and customers have been hit hard over the past two years, leading to higher unemployment which affects millions of Americans across the country. And Sen. McConnell doesn't believe anyone should be hit with a tax hike--not
the lowest income who have borne the brunt of the recession, and not small businesses who will lead the recovery through job growth to get us out of this recession."

Phew. I thought we had a Republican leader stating what he really feels for a second. Good god can you imagine if that happened? Maybe people would, I don't know wake up to their dastardly plan. Then the worst might happen...Democrats get elected to stay in control of the House and Senate leading to the insertion of human brains into mice!

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GOP Bagged

Glenn says interesting stuff, that I link to. (my internet is still spotty)

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Get Your Dunkin Thursday

I had an entire Dunkin for today. Blogger and the internet hate me and so it all is lost. I don't have the fortitude to retab out and reassert the links that I had chosen this morning. So, in the name of RAGE and F YOU Blogger/internet issues. I give you this singular link.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Jim Matheson: An Experiment in Blue Dogology

Greg Sargent over at the Plum Line was kind enough to phone a leading Blue Dog in the Democratic Caucus, Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah's 2nd District. The result was an entry into the mind of a Blue Dog and their faulty logic.


Matheson's opposition sheds some light on why Dems are hesitant to take this vote, even though Pelosi is pushing hard for it and many think it could prove a big winner for Dems. Moderates don't think it's a political winner at all, because it will be portrayed as a tax hike, and letting taxes go up even on those over $250,000 is a bad idea in a recession.

"I don't think it's the right vote," Matheson told me, adding that he only backed holding a vote on letting all the tax cuts expire. Matheson said a vote on just the middle class tax cuts is tantamount to letting the tax cuts for the wealthy expire.

"You're letting other rates go up on January 1st," he said. "I think we're better off if we don't do that."

Matheson also disputed the significance of national polls that show strong support for letting the tax cuts for the rich expire, suggesting this could be a good national issue for Dems.

"I dont know that it applies in my district or other battleground districts," Matheson said, adding that a vote for continuing just the tax cuts for the middle class would easily be portrayed as a tax hike.

"Allowing tax rates to go up when we're in the midst of a recovery from a deep recession, I don't think that plays well in a lot of districts," Matheson said.

But who pray tell is calling it a "tax hike?" I will let that be, it goes on, with a revealing end quote by Matheson.

Matheson also argued, as many Republicans do, that the group of those making over $250,000 is larger than many think. "I recognize $250,000 is a lot of money for an individual to make for an individual," he said. "But we're also talking about businesses. That's not a lot of money for small businesses."

Asked how many people in his district fell into the above-$250,000 category, Matheson answered: "I don't know the answer to that."

Gives you a sense of why it's so hard for Dem leaders to stage this vote, even though all signs indicate it's a political winner for the party overall.

Here is my issue with Matheson's argument, first many economists posit that continuing with the higher bracket Bush tax cuts are bad for our economy. It doesn't not help our country during a recession to have them NOT expire. Second and the most telling is his response to Sargent's question of "how many people fell into the above-$250,000 category."

I am not from Utah. I have no stake in Utah, but by the powers of teh Google and a simple search for median income for the 2nd District of Utah, I found the following:

Income District

Median income - $55,863

Poverty rate - 6.5%

Below $25,000 - 14.9%

$25,000-$50,000 - 26.3%

$50,000-$100,000 - 34.6%

$100,000-$200,000 - 17.7%

$200,000 or more - 4.1%

Now one would assume Rep. Matheson would perhaps know this considering he represents the 2nd district. And one would assume it is in his best interest to understand the median income levels and the percentages that would be effected by the so-called "tax hike" in question. Turns out if Matheson voted to extend only the middle class tax cuts the "tax hike" would only effect 4% of his constituency. 4%! But Matheson must know this, he has represented the 2nd District for the past nine years after all. So he is either being completely disingenuous when he says he "doesn't know the answer to that" or willfully naive. I will let you decide.

This is the most frustrating thing about the self-proclaimed fiscally responsible Blue Dogs. Even when proposed with a clear economic and beneficial policy for their constituency, they would rather defend the 4% of their district who would never spend the money anyway. Wonder why that is?

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Update: Wonk Room has more analysis of Matheson's Blue Dog b.s.

Ninja Thought

Mickey Mouse Mercs, Seed SEALS, Oil Ops, and Cruise Line Corp action figures to be released at Target this fall.

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Karma for Karl

Karl Rove meets the wrath of the monster he created.


Dan Riehl, a conservative who blogs at the site, went the farthest in his attacks on Rove, calling on Fox News to "suspend" him and "investigate" reports that he tried to tip the balance for Castle in behind-the-scenes meetings with tea partiers in Delaware last year.

"Especially given his comments on Fox News tonight, until this is resolved, it seems impossible to trust Rove as an objective analyst," Riehl wrote. "In terms of the conservative movement, we should not simply ignore him, but proactively work to undermine Rove in whatever ways we can, given his obvious willingness to undermine us."

The fringe elements of the right wing party became self-aware and after stoking, tempting and encouraging these vapid neo-cons; Rove is finally getting his just due. He used them to perpetuate a policy of fear, it's karma that they are turning on him.

If this is a sign of things to come, however we should all be on watch. Yes, in the interim the O'Donnell win bodes well for Democrats in Delaware. In the long run, it's discomforting we have one of our political parties losing its in-fighting to the extremists. Rove is reaping what he sowed and although part of me revels in its irony, I can't but help be reminded of the Volkisch Movement.

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